TM5594 : Memorial plaque to Tom Crisp V.C.

taken 2 months ago, near to Lowestoft, Suffolk, Great Britain

Memorial plaque to Tom Crisp V.C.
Memorial plaque to Tom Crisp V.C.
Tom Crisp was one of two Lowestoft men in WW1 who were awarded the Victoria Cross. This memorial was erected close to the centenary of his death. He was killed on 15th August 1917 in the defence of his vessel, His Majesty's Smack Nelson, when it was attacked and subsequently sunk in the North Sea in an attack by a German submarine.
He had already won a Distinguished Service Cross for his part in sinking a German submarine.

Excerpt from the London Gazette:
Action of H.M. Armed Smack "Nelson" on the 15th August, 1917.
On the 15th August, 1917, the Smack "Nelson" was engaged in fishing when she was attacked with gunfire from an enemy submarine. The gear was let go and the submarine's fire was returned. The submarine's fourth shot went through the port bow just below the water line and the seventh shell struck the skipper, partially disembowelling him, and passed through the deck and out through the side of the ship. In spite of the terrible nature of his wound Skipper Crisp retained consciousness, and his first thought was to send off a message that he was being attacked and giving his position. He continued to command his ship until the ammunition was almost exhausted and the smack was sinking. He refused to be moved into the small boat when the rest of the crew were obliged to abandon the vessel as she sank, his last request being that he might be thrown overboard.
(The posthumous award of the Victoria Cross to Skipper Thomas Crisp, D.S.C., R.N.R., 10055 D.A., was announced in London Gazette No.30363, dated 2 November 1917).
The London Gazette, 20 November 1918
The unveiling ceremony 20/08/2017: LinkExternal link
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